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‘Green dream or whatever’: AOC leads Democrat push for U.S. economic revolution

‘Green dream or whatever’: AOC leads Democrat push for U.S. economic revolution

The proposals may once have been dismissed out of hand, and Pelosi's comments indicate the proposal will face skepticism from not just Republicans, but also a number of Democrats. "The green dream or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they're for it right?". "So, I don't think that this is a snub", the NY congresswoman said outside the Capitol building while advocating for the Green New Deal.

The government can take an equity stake in Green New Deal projects "so the public gets a return on its investment", she added.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., tweeted Thursday that she was proud to join Ocasio-Cortez and Markey "on a #GreenNewDeal resolution to fight for our planet and our kids' futures". It was created to examine new climate change policies and does not have the sole objective of focusing on the Green New Deal, another complaint from the supporters of the proposal.

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow asked Ocasio-Cortez to respond to a primetime address President Donald Trump gave last month about the situation at the USA southern border, prompting her to castigate the president for requesting funding for ICE.

Ocasio-Cortez also downplayed her absence from a select panel studying climate change.

"She did in fact invite me to be on the committee", the New York Democrat said.

"We hope that all of the committees of jurisdiction will be very involved", she said.

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"The Green New Deal fully tackles the existential threat posed by climate change by presenting a comprehensive, 10-year plan that is as big as the problem it hopes to solve while creating a new era of shared prosperity", according to a summary of the resolution released by the politicians on Thursday. It envisages sweeping measures to combat both climate change and a raft of social ills.

Ocasio-Cortez had wanted the select committee to be given legislative and subpoena powers but it was not.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has tapped eight Democrats to serve on a special committee to address climate change. Use of wind and solar power would be dramatically increased under the plan.

The 14-page resolution envisions a shift to 100% renewable and zero-emission energy sources, and calls for the creation of millions of new high-wage jobs to help wipe out poverty.

Most of the Democratic presidential candidates, including Senators Kirsten Gillibrand of New York; Kamala Harris of California; Elizabeth Warren of MA; and Cory Booker of New Jersey have also broadly endorsed the idea behind the Green New Deal. Ocasio-Cortez was not among those named to the panel, which is chaired by Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Fla. President Donald Trump has scrapped Obama's plan, which imposed emissions limits on coal-fired power plants, as a job-killer.

The freshman lawmaker is teaming up with veteran Sen.

The Democrats are likely to meet resistance to their proposal in Congress, especially in the Republican-controlled Senate.